This latest foray in ink staining is getting closer to "the vision." It's 72'x44" on unprimed un-stretched canvas. The mediums are alcohol ink thinned with alcohol and glycerin and Speedball acrylic ink thinned with alcohol and glycerin. Retitled: "China Cat Sunflower."
"A painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image." (Elaine de Kooning). This is a blog about painting. Specifically, my paintings and random observations of the "verb." Mostly images of work at various phases to share with friends and families. If you have any interest in purchasing work that you see, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see work on Instagram @katzpajamas222
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Thursday, January 27,2022
Still messing around with various inks and thinning mediums but sticking with unprimed canvas. I know WHAT I'm looking for and in the words of U2 "I Still Haven't Found..."but I am getting closer. The piece below is 22x18 raw canvas unprimed. I started with calligraphy ink diluted. Went over it with unbleached and bleached titanium white acrylic. And then moved over to alcohol ink rubbed and stained. I then used oil crayons on top of everything. Title, "Noise" which is what my head is filled with.
Monday, January 24, 2022
Monday, January 24, 2022
This is on 16"x24" primed canvas that has an undercoat of very light pink ink mixed with gesso. The rest is all alcohol ink. Whimsical title of "NYC Subway Map." Anybody who has spent any time in New York may see some vague resemblance to one of the greatest pieces of Public Art- the subway map!
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Saturday, January 22,2022
Deuces wild...still fooling around with ink staining and I'm liking unprimed canvas because it absorbs the ink and spreads slowly. I'm using 70% rubbing alcohol to "spread and thin" the ink. Getting the "halo effect" that I want and the gradient pigment.
I'm going to try to add some glycelrine to raw alcohol to see if I can extend the drying time. Going to try to use that mixture like water on paper and then using watercolors and see if I can get the same effect.
Next step is to work on much larger unprimed canvas to get a more dramatic response. Meanwhile this is on 16" x22" unprimed canvas with alcohol inks and graphite. Titled , "Embrace
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Thursday, January 20th, 2022
More messing around. This is on canvas pad 16"20 and it has all kinds of inks include litho ink, alcohol ink with oil pastels and graphite. Titled, "Horses."
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Wed. January 19, 2022
Still messing about with various kinds of ink and finding that unprimed canvas is the best medium for what I'm trying to capture.
This is 30"x30" and the inks range from and include, printing ink, alcohol ink and calligraphy ink over a stained and gesso-ed background. Getting close.
Working title, "Homage to Lee Krasner."
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Saturday, January 15th, 2022
Further studies of canvas and printing ink. This time, rubbing it out after letting it stain. I think the next step is to see how it works on unprimed canvas. Enjoy! And thank you for looking.
18"x24" primed canvas with printing ink stained and rubbed.
Friday, January 14, 2022
Friday, Jan.14th, 2021
Mercuy goes retrograde today so hang on to your seats for 3 weeks. New work below.
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Thurs. January 6th, 2022
Allow me to borrow from an old English rhyme and paraphrase: Remember, remember, the Sixth of JanuaryGunpowder treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot...
Monday, January 3, 2022
Monday, January 3rd, 2022
Happy New Year to all. New work to share. Some new sizes and ink mediums.